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Selkirk College: Kootenay Studio Arts Adds Depth to Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Kootenay Studio Arts Adds Depth to Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Jul 30 2014
Bringing together the incredible wealth of talent in the region, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour will provide an intimate look at artists at work on the August 9 and 10 weekend. Selkirk College will play a role in the annual event by opening the doors of its Kootenay Studio Arts Campus in Nelson's historic downtown core.

The Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) at Selkirk College Campus will open its doors to the public as part of the annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour which takes place on August 9 and 10. This free, self-guided event allows the public to explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites across the region, some of which are not normally open for the public.

“It’s great to be able to provide access for people who may not have the opportunity to see what we do here,” says Laura White, School Coordinator at KSA.

The Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College Campus will open its doors to the public as part of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on August 9 and 10. The campus is located at 606 Victoria Street in Nelson in a historic stone building.

Past Meets Present in Historic Downtown

The KSA campus is located at 606 Victoria Street in a beautiful heritage stone building. It’s home to KSA’s four main studios: Textiles, Ceramics, Jewelry and Sculptural Metal (blacksmithing and metal casting).

KSA will open during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on both days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Graduates will be making work in the studio spaces during the tour and will be happy to answer questions about their processes and the individual studio programs. Faculty will be giving guided tours of the campus at 10:30 a.m. each morning where they will provide information about program additions starting this September and the application process.

Students will be providing demonstrations of the creative process during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour.

This past spring KSA added new pathways for students and new doors to working artists in the region. The major changes include the addition of a two-year diploma stream and the new Open Studio Advanced Certificate. The 10-month certificate programs remain intact and continue to focus on hands-on instruction in the studios.

Alumni Featured Prominently on Regional Tour

The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is now in its sixth year. There are a total of 85 stops on the tour throughout the region with several KSA alumni part of the wealth of amazing homegrown talent. KSA alumni include: Lisa Martin Pottery in Beasley, Robert Dudley in Nelson, Kim Horrocks Ceramics in Nelson, Kalika Bowlby Pottery in Nelson, Kass Swankey (Day Moon Ceramics) in Passmore, Slip Bucket Designs in Passmore, Noam Ash (Claybrick Pottery) in Passmore, Robin DuPont in Winlaw and several KSA grads who are part of the Castlegar Sculpturewalk.

“It’s pretty special to leaf through the directory and see all these familiar names,” says White. “KSA is small and it feels like a family, so to have all these members of the family out there doing well is a credit to what we do here and a source of pride.”

To participate in the tour all you need is a Culture Tour Directory which is available at tourist information centres around the region and at participating venues. Visit the website for further details.

Registration for KSA’s fall programming is now being accepted.

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